The World Health Organization (WHO) warned this week COVID-19 is likely to be “lengthy” as it met to evaluate the situation. It’s been six months now since the WHO first sounded the international alarm using the seldom used word, ‘pandemic’ to describe the virus.
The announcement comes as more than 17.6 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of those, 10.3 million patients have recovered and at least 680,900 have died.
The WHO highlighted an anticipated “lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic” when it met on Friday, warning of “the risk of response fatigue in the context of socio-economic pressures.”
The organization stressed the importance of understanding young people can get infected, and young people can die. This as schools in the U.S. prepare to reopen for fall semester. While most schools reopen in August, Indiana schools are already back in action, already reporting cases of the pandemic in their hallways while exposing countless students and teachers.
Over the weekend, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) officials reported 3,106 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Saturday. The CDC has warned this weekend 19,000 more Americans could die from COVID in the next 20 days, according to composite forecast data.